Sunday, April 15, 2018

Rockstar Super Source Strawberry Review


The new Rockstar Super Sours have finally arrived in Canada!!! Well, 2 new flavors have arrived - strawberry and orange. I got both from a Shoppers Drug Mart for $3.79 each.

Taste

I use Jolly Ranchers as a comparison tool on multiple occasions, but this drink has to have the closest Jolly Rancher pink color I have ever seen. It is as if they struck a deal with the company to use their candy colorant. 

The smell is amazing - fresh strawberries and a tiny bit of candy-like sweet roundness. The taste is also amazing. It starts off like strawberry jam and transitions to a fresh, slightly tart strawberry before giving way to a candy-sweet strawberry. Despite the "Super Sour" label, this is not a sour energy drink. There is a spike of tartness, but it is nothing compared to the Green Apple released a few years ago. But I loved it!

Energy

The typical 160 mg of caffeine are present in this can and the energy effects are identical to any other Rockstar. The initial kick is fast and the sourness helped it even more. I drank this can quickly and yes, I did experience some jitters, but I was ready for it.

The rest of the boost is standard - jitters die down, caffeine kicks in and makes you feel like you want to run around the room for the next few hours. The end was clean without drama (i.e. a crash).

Scores:
Cost - $3.79
Taste - 9.8/10
Energy - 8/10

Overall - 17.8/20...I absolutely love this strawberry flavor

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Rockstar Super Sours Orange


This is the second of the new Super Sours that made their way to Canada. The first was the strawberry one, which I loved! Both I got from a Shoppers Drug Mart.

Taste

This one smells and tastes almost like your standard orange soda. The only difference is the short spike in sourness mid way through each sip, which adds a bit to the character. This didn't feel as sour to me as the first batch of Super Sours, but it might feel sour to some.

Overall, not a bad tasting energy drink, but it is nothing unique.

Energy

The typical 160 mg of caffeine are present in this can and the energy effects are identical to any other Rockstar. The initial kick is fast and the sourness helped it even more. I drank this can quickly and yes, I did experience some jitters, but I was ready for it.

The rest of the boost is standard - jitters die down, caffeine kicks in and makes you feel like you want to run around the room for the next few hours. The end was clean without drama (i.e. a crash).

Scores:
Cost - $3.79
Taste - 7/10
Energy - 8/10

Overall - 15/20...tastes like orange soda

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Red Bull The Purple Edition Sugar Free


I find it odd that I was able to find a ton of these sugar free Purple Editions but no regular sugary ones. Does Red Bull not make/sell a sugary version of this? The Internet (at the time of this review) doesn't seem to provide any useful info. Anyways, on with the review.

Taste

Inside this purple can you will find a cranberry red liquid which looks like a darker version of the Red Edition. The aroma is absolutely amazing with a ton of rich berry notes. The taste is equally impressive for a sugar free drink. The starts of very rich and doesn't go away at all. It seems to stick to the inside of the mouth and just gets better with each sip. But that also allows the sweetness to build up very quickly. Despite this being a sugar free drink, there is a ton of sweetness but fortunately the sweetener aftertaste is minimal and doesn't manifest itself for a while.

Overall, I absolutely love this flavor, but I wish the sweetness was dialed down a notch.

Energy

There are 114 mg of caffeine in this can and the effects are like any other sugar free Red Bull. If you haven't a sugar free Red Bull, the effects can also be compared to the sugary Red Bull minus the jitters you get from sugar.

Scores:
Cost - $3.19
Taste - 9.2/10
Energy - 7/10

Overall - 16.2/20...rich flavor but a bit too much of the sweeteners

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Rockstar Revolt Killer Black Cherry


This is another Rockstar I picked up from the US. As of this post, the only Revolt flavors available in Canada are Killer Citrus and Killer Grape.

Taste

Right off the bat, this is unlike anything else I have seen. The color of this energy drink is so intensely purple and red that it resembles a dark red wine than a cherry flavored energy drink. The aroma is also unique with deep jammy notes of cherry skins and ripe flesh. Amazing!

But then the flavor snaps me back to reality and realigns this beverage with my preconceived expectations. Unfortunately the flavor is a much sweeter version of a regular cherry energy drink without much of the lushness the aroma hinted at. Yes, there is a note of cherry skins somewhere, but it gets easily lost beneath the sugary profile. And speaking of sugary profile, the sweetness builds up very quickly and a quarter of a can I was in search of a water source to cleanse my palate. Oh boy...

Energy

There are 240 mg of caffeine and 68 grams of sugar in this can. Both of these will give you a very nice kick that will last for a few hours but will come with a crash. I had this first thing in the morning so my crash was a mild one, but if you were to have this later on in the day, be ready to feels its after-effects.

Scores:
Cost - $3.29
Taste - 6/10
Energy - 9/10

Overall - 15/20...sugary and messy but comes with a potent kick

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Kicking Horse Smart Ass Cold Brew


Finally an "energy drink" you can get in Canada! I found this can, and other Kicking Horse cold brews, at the local Independent City Mart (owned by the LobLaws company). I should point out that if you cannot find these cold brews, try looking for the Kicking Horse Smart Ass coffee and make your own. The coffee beans used for this cold brew are widely available, including at places like WalMart.

Taste

The aroma is sweet with subtle notes of spices and chocolate. The flavor is layered and amazing. It starts off light and a touch sweet, but very quickly subtle notes of cinnamon and nutmeg emerge, which are followed by intense flavors of chocolate and finally, very bright coffee. The profile starts light but within seconds transitions to a more intense one, leaving lots of lingering coffee and chocolate finishing notes. Excellent!

Energy

The can does not say how much caffeine is in the can, but I would guess that it is a bit more than a cup of coffee since cold brews tend to have a bit more caffeine. I got a very nice buzz going for a couple of hours without any jitters or the urge to run in circles. The energy was very well controlled and it did not interfere with any mental tasks I was performing.

Scores:
Cost - $3.99
Taste - 10/10
Energy - 7/10

Overall - 17/20...perhaps the best tasting cold brew I have had

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Monster Energy Ultra Violet


Finally, a new energy drink in Ontario! I got this Monster Ultra Violet from the local Mac's during their "new Monster" promotion for $2.

Taste

This Monster has a light purple color that reminds me a lot of Gatorade Rain, or one of their other lines where the colors are a little lighter/diluted. The small is very unique with notes of concord grapes and berries. The taste is very interesting blend of the aroma and its looks. The taste starts off with sweet candy-like flavor that resembles those mystery berry gummies you can get anywhere, but then transitions to a cleaner, purple/blue Gatorade-like flavor before trailing off into the distance and leaving lingering some mystery berry notes. Also, the aftertaste sweetness starts building up quickly after a few sips.

A wild ride, this one is. I really loved some parts and I thought others were a bit too sweet. In any case, I always enjoy trying a new Monster.

Energy

Monster energy drinks in Canada are not very exciting and this one is not different with its 140 mg of caffeine. And believe it or not, but at 140 mg of caffeine per 473 mL can, this Monster has a lower concentration of caffeine per mL than Red Bull!!!! This one clocks at just below 0.30 mg/mL, while a small can of Red Bull sits at 0.32mg/mL.

Besides the surprise twist in concentration, the effects are very similar to the other Monster Ultras, except the kick doesn't last just as long. But I still got a nice couple of hours out of it.

Scores:
Cost - $2 during promotion
Taste - 8/10
Energy - 7.5/10

Overall - 15.5/20...unique, but sweet

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Pepsi 1893 Original Cola Review


I found this at a Target on a recent trip south of the border. As of this moment, this is not sold in Canada.

So what makes 1893 such a different Pepsi? Well, it is made with real sugar, kola nut and some bitters....so kind of like the hipster colas you can buy.

But hipster jokes aside, this Pepsi has a hell of a flavor! From the get go you are bombarded by various spices, including a generous helping of cinnamon and some coffee. A similar level of sweetness is present, but with the 1893, it is much rounder and doesn't stick to the inside of the mouth. The aftertaste is rather pleasant too with hints of spices and a touch of candy-like sweetness.

Definitely go for this one over the regular one if you had the option...unless you really, really like the regular one, or you are not a fan of cinnamon.

Taste - 9/10